The Four Basic Functions Of Radio Control Helicopters Tom December 12, 2011 Technology The basic parts of a rc helicopter are the following: the fuel tank or battery pack, the tail boom and tail rotor, swash plate, main rotor and main rotor blades, the power plant (engine, gears, clutch, and muffler), the landing skid, and the body of the helicopter. A standard r c helicopter has four channels: throttle, elevator, aileron, and rudder but micro helicopters can be flown with a two-channel infrared control system. For more expensive, higher-end radio control helicopter models you have much better handling and greater control over the helicopter. The six channels that are commonly in use are the throttle, collective pitch, elevator, aileron, rudder, and gyro gain. For instance, the Esky Honey Bee King 4 has a six-channel transmitter, which offers you the most control for doing tricks such as those in 3D flying. 3D flying is a competition in which helicopters perform advanced maneuvers like flips, inversions, dives, pirouettes, precision and hovering tricks. Landing your radio control helicopter is an important skill but will certainly require practice. If available, a flight simulator game can be a good way to get a handle on the movements you need to master. Unlike a radio control car, truck, or tank, radio control helicopters move in four dimensions, so it is not as simple as easing back on the throttle. Landing can depend on the particular model so be sure to investigate recommendations from the radio control helicopter’s manufacturer and look online for how-to videos and/or articles with advice on landing your model. If possible, attempt to land your radio control helicopter on a soft, forgiving surface that will absorb some of the downward force of landing. Grass or a leaf-covered area are good landing spots; avoiding hard, rocky surfaces as much as possible will prevent your helicopter from additional damage. This is a sponsored post from our friends at the Xenon Project.